It’s been a wild ride, and a story that we have been covering for quite some time now. It started off with the news of a film company wanting to dig the infamous Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill that was known as the “Atari Graveyard”. Then we learned about the documentary that was in progress, which ultimately had a series of delays by the New Mexico board of health. Then after that, Microsoft did a series of layoffs, which ultimately closed down Xbox Entertainment Studios, it was promised that the documentary would still go on. Well, the wait is finally over, for the long and highly anticipated “Atari: Game Over” is now available to watch for those that are currently subscribers of the Xbox Live service.
Those of us that are currently enrolled in high school or college know all about the Texas Instruments line of calculators. They have been around us since we started learning about the various styles of algebra as well as other advanced forms of mathematics. Sometimes you can get a little bored learning about things like curves, bridges, binomials and of course a flavor of pi that has no taste. So what can you do when you are bored in class? In most schools, cell phones cannot be brought into a classroom. But calculators? They are fair game, right? How about combining the retro video game hobby with the calculator? That’s what has been done recently, as a new port of the classic “Super Smash Brothers” is now available for download for those users of certain Texas Instruments devices.
While computer mice are very commonplace today in the world of computing, there were a variety of home video game consoles that tried to take advantage of the same technology as well. The Super NES, Sega Genesis, Dreamcast and CD-i are just a few examples of this. One thing is for certain, that while the mouse accessory may have been compatible with multiple games, mouse specific software was usually far an in between, and prototype discoveries are also uncommon. Today we bring you the word from a NintendoAge forum member, who had recently came across an unreleased SNES Mouse prototype called “Sound Factory”, which has an interesting history. Plus, the new owner gave the community some video of the game in play!
The Internet Archive is an amazing online resource when it comes to documenting the history of the World Wide Web. The Wayback Machine archives websites from as early as the mid 1990s, they offer an amazing database of audiovisual programs from the 30s to today, and most recently, they have been working on creating a collection of computer software with their Software Preservation Project. They also recently launched a new console based software collection called the Console Living Room. However the latest collection definitely has arcade gamers in mind. Their new project called the Internet Arcade has brought over 900 arcade classics to your computer screen, all ready to play in-browser.
Earlier this week, we brought everyone the news about a new company called “HD Retrovision”, that are currently in the process of creating brand new composite cables for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis 16-bit consoles. These connection cables will finally bring these classic systems a new life with support for modern television sets. We were told last Tuesday that the Kickstarter funding would begin on Saturday, and they were absolutely correct! We now have some additional details for everyone about this project, that any retro gamer that uses HD televisions will definitely want to check out.